This year, part of the FvF team traveled to Sri Lanka to explore the islands culture and waves. We started our trip in the capital Colombo and hopped on a train to the Southern coast. After exploring the area on our scooters, we ended up between Midigama and Weligama, two tiny villages with great spots such as “Lazy Left”, “Plantations” and “The Rock”. While we loved the relaxed vibe and tasty local food (still dreaming about the eggplant curry and spicy string-hoppers), the highlight of our trip was yet to come.
The small village of Tangalle is home to the beautiful “Talalla Surfcamp” where we met surf coach Jack Philipps who introduced us to the well-hidden beaches of the area. What should be the relaxed end to an exciting journey turned out to be a very intense week of workout, culinary delights prepared by the local chef Roshan, and new friends.
We spent our entire days in the water, only interrupted by short stints to the Yoga parlour, a quick bite of fresh fruit, coconut roti and grilled fish or just passed out for a couple of minutes of sheer positive exhaustion. In between surf-sessions we talked to Jack, who left his home country England by the age of 19, about the joys and difficulties of living a surfers dream: “Well, the weird thing is that after a certain time of travelling around, you start to ask yourself, where is home? Its a weird feeling but not a bad one.” he said.
We totally agreed – the more places you explore, the smaller the world seems to get. And sometimes you have this feeling of home while sitting on tiny plastic chairs at the side of a Sri Lankan dirt road, munching a plate of Dhal at 35C - just because you met the right people.